Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold its annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium, where it will confer 1,254 Associate degrees and certifications to graduates. Conferrals of credentials are up seven percent over last year.
“Commencement is the culminating event for our graduates and their families, and I look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the ceremony on Friday,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Just last week, students were on campus in their caps and gowns taking photographs outside of the building, and I’m just so proud of them. It was a reminder of why we do what we do at Ivy Tech.”
The commencement address will be given by graduate, Jeffery “L.J.” Gearhart II, Associate of Science in Business Administration. Gearhart was named Student of the Year by the American Council on Education (ACE), and accepted his award and $500 scholarship in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. in March. Like many Ivy Tech Community College students, Gearhart worked full time while completing his degree and certifications.
An honorary degree will be presented to Lee J. Marchant, Ivy Tech Community College State Trustee and State Foundation Director, for his steadfast support of Ivy Tech students over the past 25 years. Marchant, along with his wife Annie, established two endowed nursing scholarships, both awarding nearly 55 financial awards to nursing students, to-date. He was named Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Benefactor of the Year in 2013. The campus has named its School of Nursing building after him to honor his support of the regional campus. Most recently, the Marchants made a significant contribution to Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Here We Grow Again! $4 million capital campaign to help fund its current expansion.
Some of the graduates who will be celebrated at commencement are a husband and wife, honors students, international students, military veterans, transfer students, employees, and those who have found employment because of their education and training at Ivy Tech.
The number of students graduating with honors is 134, with 10 graduating Summa Cum Laude for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
The campus will confer degrees to 23 military veterans this year, and is graduating 15 international students representing the countries of China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Spain, and United Kingdom.
This May, Ivy Tech-Bloomington is conferring credentials to two students from the newly established School of Computing and Informatics, and the first student to receive credentialing in Entrepreneurship from the School of Business.
Approximately 71 Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and 27 Practical Nursing degrees will be awarded.
There are 63 graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Phi Theta Kappa honor society recognizes and encourages scholarship through leadership and academic excellence among two-year college students.
Each year, Ivy Tech-Bloomington recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. Academic program chairs have chosen 30 students to receive this award. Outstanding Student award recipients include:
Web Application Development – Victoria Laudeman
Computer Information Systems – Grace Ng
Computer Information Technology – Josh Frank
Information Security – William Fletcher
Electrical Engineering Technology – Daniel Ortman
Engineering Technology – Chad Heacox
Radiation Therapy – Bethany Ickes
Biotechnology – Ashley Reed
Fine Arts – Elizabeth Austin
Design Technology – David Shultz
Respiratory Care – Cari Edmonson
Heating and Ventilation Air Conditioning – Jason Rinehart
Homeland Security Public Safety – Mallory Kiel
Paramedic Science – Matthew Luecke
Practical Nursing – Jennifer Grise
Nursing (2) – Heather Varga, Suzanne Wright
Kinesiology – Clay Coppinger
Liberal Arts – Jennifer Musgrave
General Studies – Gregory Lovig
Human Services – Melissa Graham
Health Care Support – Carmen May
Education – Victoria Williams
Early Childhood Education – Heather Honeycutt
Hospitality Administration – Karen Pennington
Criminal Justice – Eric Stevens
Business Administration – Claudia Vieira
Accounting – Barbara Johnson
Office Administration – Anneke Wilson
Paralegal – Michael Schafer